Aachen Cathedral – The coronation site for 12 Queens




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Photo by Moniek Bloks

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Last week I went on a day trip to Aachen in Germany. It was about a three hour journey by train but time went quickly and before I knew it I was standing in front of the Cathedral, which looks tiny from the front!
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Karlsschrein (contains the bones of Charlemagne)

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Marienschrein (contains the four great Aachen relics: St. Mary’s cloak, Christ’s swaddling clothes, St. John the Baptist’s beheading cloth and Christ’s loincloth)

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The Aachen Cathedral was used a coronation church for German Kings and Queens. 30 Kings were crowned here and around 12 Queens. No list existed of the Queens and I had to do a little digging. I hope the list is correct.

  1. Possibly Edith of England (910 – 946)
  2. Margaret of Austria (1204 – 1266)
  3. Anne of Bavaria (1329 – 1353)
  4. Anna von Schweidnitz (1339 – 1362)
  5. Sanchia of Provence (1228 – 1261)
  6. Waldrada (mistress/wife of Lothair II, King of Lotharingia)
  7. Barbara of Cilli (1392 – 1451)
  8. Irene Angelina (1181 – 1208)
  9. Gertrude of Hohenberg (1225 – 1281)
  10. Imagina of Isenburg- Limburg (1255 – 1313)
  11. Margaret of Brabant (1276 – 1311)
  12. Beatrice of Silesia (1290 – 1322)

The church itself is quite beautiful but a lot of it can only be accessed with a guided tour. I accidentally walked into an area I wasn’t allowed in and was quickly shooed back. I believe Charlemagne’s throne is also in one of the restricted areas. It’s a shame as it was not immediately clear where to go to get access.

Entrance is free but it costs 1 euro to take pictures (yes, really) and I assume the guided tours cost money.






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